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Underappreciated beer styles deserving of your love

To drink beer is to travel. Think about it: with even just that first sip of your favorite Trappist ale, you are temporarily transporting yourself to a very specific region of Belgium where a very specific assortment of local ingredients have been converted into a unique refreshment by brewers who have inherited a very specific…

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What’s the haps with the hop shortage?

During the past few years, the dominant trend in American craft beer has been to out-hop the competition with bigger, badder, bitterer beers. But is the IPA bubble about to burst? Thanks to a combination of unfavorable weather and rapidly increasing demand, brewers around the world are faced with the unthinkable: a hop shortage.   How did…

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Mike Springer’s Flying Saucer Tour

Flying Saucer would be nothing without our Beerknurds. That’s why we’re always more than happy to share the accomplishments of our loyal craft beer lovers, especially when those accomplishments involve hitting up all 16 Saucer locations. Recently, Houston resident Mike Springer made an epic 31-day journey through what he called his “Eastern Loop.” Mike spent…

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Beer muscles from Brussels and beyond: A guide to Belgian beer styles

In general, there are five Belgian beer styles: the mouth-puckering tart lambic, the pungent and acerbic oud bruin and Flanders red ales, the smooth and yeasty abbey ales, refreshing farmhouse ales and the beer style that almost went extinct the Belgian witbier. Here’s what you need to know about each one before you take a sip. What are…

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2016 Pints for Prostates

Join your local Flying Saucer to help support the 2016 Pints for Prostates campaign during a five-week “European Beer Tour” promotion designed to reach men through the universal language of beer. Each of our Flying Saucers will generate prostate cancer awareness from June 1-29 that will culminate in a drawing for a BEER TRIP for two to…

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CIDER Act: Is this cider’s big moment?

Is artisanal hard cider gaining on craft beer? Sales of American cider are surging at an exponential rate, doubling from 2012 to 2013, and exceeding 75 percent from 2013 to 2014. Why? Craft beer has created a marketplace in which consumer choice is of paramount importance. Changing attitudes toward gluten play a role as well. Social drinkers…

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Merger Update: Europe Approves AB InBev & SAB Miller Deal

We’ve all been watching this story unfold for months, and this week we got big news: the merger between AB InBev and SAB Miller, the two largest beer companies in the world, was approved by the European Union. This is by far the largest acquisition to ever take place in the beer marketplace. After the…

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Brewer survey: What’s your favorite hop?

Let’s face it: asking a brewer to pick a favorite hop is like asking Kim Kardashian to pick a favorite selfie. It’s an impossible choice. Just ask Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. As the face of continually hopped beers, he jokes that relying on one hop forever and always would be uncomfortable: “Kind of like trying…

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Drink Now: The Biggest Small Beer Ever Made

For most business owners, cozying up to your competition seems counterintuitive—but not for craft brewers. In honor of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), craft brewers from all 50 states are joining together in what may one day be referred to as the happiest and hoppiest union of all time. Their goal? To make the…

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Spotlight on Saison

As anyone who’s drained more than one tulip glass of the concoction can tell you, no two saisons are alike. Some open with a peppery bite, some broaden into an herbal finish, some smack of a cider-like sourness, while others are just downright funky. How, then, can we even begin to talk about saison as…

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